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DARKNESS AT NOON by Arthur Koestler /MOSCOW TRIALS /1st

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Here for your delectation is the SPECTACULAR RARE---------------DARKNESS AT NOON by Arthur Koestler, Translated by Daphne Hardy. This book is about a prisoner named Rubashov who is kept in solitary confinement and subject to trial for "political divergences." Rubashov paces his cell a lot and has recurrent flashbacks of past actions that he is not proud of. He is subject to three hearings; the first two with an interrogator who formerly fought on the same side as him in a previous war. The last has a much stricter stance. The bigger themes of the story are how hypocritical political parties can be, and the mind games that are played, and the fact that forces that are supposed to be on opposite sides of the spectrum often engage in the same horrible behavior. The writing to be very straight-forward and the points quite evident right at the beginning---this book is based on the Moscow trials and mirror actual events in the author's life. The Time Reading Program, often abbreviated to TRP, was a book club by Time from 1961 through 1966. The TRP books followed no specific theme but covered literature both classic and contemporary, as well as nonfiction works and historic topics. The books themselves were chosen by National Book Award judge Max Gissen, perhaps best remembered as the chief book reviewer for Time from 1947 until the TRP began in 1961. The books were published by Time Inc. and followed a specific format despite their widely varying subject matter. Though considered trade paperbacks, the covers are constructed of a very stiff cardboard material for durability. The books are eight inches tall, or just less than an inch taller than a standard 18-cm mass-market or "rack" paperback. Each book had a wraparound cover with a continuous piece of artwork across both covers and the spine, generally a painting by a contemporary artist commissioned specifically for the TRP edition. The TRP covers attracted a measure of acclaim---19 TRP covers were cited in 1964 for awards from The American Institute of Graphic Arts, Commercial Art Magazine and the Society of Illustrators guild. Perhaps most importantly for scholars and collectors, most of the TRP books had unique introductions written by various scholars specifically for the TRP edition. In a few cases, the texts have also been revised by the authors to create a definitive edition, although this should not be confused with abridgement, as the goal is not to make the book shorter. This is the OVERSIZED stiff softcover stated Time Edition from 1962. Both the cover and the book are in excellent condition. There are no rips, tears, markings, etc.---and the pages and binding are tight (see photo). **Note: All books listed as FIRST EDITIONS are stated by the publisher in words or number lines--or--only stated editions that include only the publisher and publication date. Check my feedback to see that I sell exactly as I describe. So bid soon for this magnificent, impossible-to-find HISTORICAL FICTION COLLECTIBLE. I gladly accept PayPal and as preferable forms of payment (no personal checks!). Paypal is an acceptable alternative. I will ship internationally for additional charges. ALL OF MY LISTINGS ARE BETTER THAN AN AUCTION!! NAME THE REASONABLE PRICE YOU WANT TO PAY WHEN YOU CLICK BEST OFFER AND CHANCES ARE THE ITEM WILL BE YOURS--IMMEDIATELY!! NO WAITING FOR AN AUCTION TO END!! NEW!! NEW!! NEW! EVERY DAY WILL BE MARKDOWN SALE DAY IN MY STORE!!! HUGE DISCOUNTS WILL BE FOUND ON SPECIFIC ITEMS THAT CELEBRATE THE CALENDAR DAY ALL MARKDOWNS WILL LAST ONLY 24 HOURS---SO CHECK BACK EVERY DAY!! CLICK HERE-------- _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ WANT TO SEE MORE?? FOR EXTRA-SPECIAL SAVINGS GO TO: BARRYS BARGAIN BIN for BOOKS THOUSANDS OF UNIQUE TITLES (no duplication) ALMOST EXCLUSIVELY FIRST EDITION ! MUSIC IN ALL GENRES AND FORMATS (lps, 45s, 78s, and cassettes) ASSORTED RARE CURIOSITIES EVERYTHING (except death and taxes) IS NEGOTIABLE! MAKE ME AN OFFER I CAN'T REFUSE!! (NO HORSE'S HEAD IN THE BED, PLEASE!) ALL REASONABLE OFFERS WILL BE ACCEPTED!!! (EVEN THE OCCASIONAL UNREASONABLE OFFER) Be sure to add me to your favorites list 062108
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